A Sneak Peek Review Of White Dwarf

Written By Casandra

You may or may not know that Tajlyn is in the middle of recording her next album, ‘White Dwarf’.  I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the very small group of people who Tajlyn has let listen to the somewhat complete recordings of this up and coming album.  I have also been to the studio to watch the magic of making this album take place (okay, now I’m just bragging).  While I won’t be able to share any of these tracks with you at this time, I am able, and would like to write about the experience I have had listening to these songs.

If you have attended any of Tajlyn’s show this past year, there is a good possibility that you have heard some of the songs from White Dwarf.  We released the song “Bitter” in our latest promo video. If you haven’t watched that one, you can watch it right here, right now. 🙂

All righty then, let’s get to this review…. My overall feeling of this album, and I am comparing it to Taj’s first album New Element, it “shows” her evolution, even the evolution of her producer, Ben.  More dynamics, better quality all around.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love listening to New Element, it’s an awesome album.  However, White Dwarf is on a whole ‘nother level.  It has a rockin’ sound with a raw and grundge-like vibe to it.  I hope you hear what I am talking about since you just watched the above video and got to listen to “Bitter”.  Such a great song.  Love how she has incorporated the keys (keyboard) in this one.

Once again with this album, Tajlyn is at it, composing all of the lyrics and music.  Performing each instrument in the studio.  With the assistance of Ben’s creative ideas, they have utilized crunchy leaves, the slamming of a door, the scratching of a wall, the ding of a Klean Kanteen and then some to add unique sounds to this album.  Watching Ben’s engineering and production skills in making this album is like watching a musical chemist brew batches of creative genius with the sounds and mixes.  I greatly enjoy the addition of the keys and other instruments in this album (violin, didgeridoo…).  The small touch of just a few notes from our grandfather’s banjo also gives this album a nostalgic tone.

The song I heard the other night, “Sweetly”, Tajlyn finished writing this one the day before they finished recording it in studio (a week ago).  This song, this is gonna be the one you will dance your ass off to.  It has power in it, gives me the chills.   I see this song being the one you will hear on the radio waves.  “Sweetly” is inspired by our family dog that passed away last year.  I immediately heard how it was inspired by our dog in the lyrics, but seconds later I felt the lyrics in my own way, not in reference to our dog.  Those words hit me in a way that spoke to my personal life and made me feel so good, inspired and up-lifted.  I was dancing, something I don’t normally do when I first listen to her stuff.  Tajlyn belts out in this song and does some rapping.   This song has all the elements in making a bad ass song.  In my opinion, Tajlyn & Ben were spot on to making “Sweetly” an ultimate hit.

I urge you to become excited about White Dwarf.  I know it isn’t the healthiest thing to do, get yourself amped up prior to experience, thus possibly setting yourself up for disappointment.  However, if you are a fan of Tajlyn, I do believe you are going to really like this album.

Interested in pre-ordering White Dwarf?  Please email Tajlyn at tajlynmusic@yahoo.com

Thanks for reading! – Casandra



Just Another Wild-Hot, Fire-Filled August Night In Sacramento

Written By Casandra

August 28, 2015, a very hot one in California.  Tajlyn managed to book a random show this night from meeting a fellow from the previous Saturday where we played a show in Auburn.  Side note to those thriving musicians – don’t stop playing during your set even if you are just playing for the bar tender(s).  A booker from another venue may just show up a half hour before your set is up and want to book you at their venue because they think you rock…..

We were staying about an hour outside of Sacramento.  Up in the mountains it was in the high 90s.  Feels great, the dry heat.  We were at the last few days of staying with some very good family friends in California before we headed back east.  It was the second to last show of the west coast tour.

With Mondo – The Gig Dragon loaded, Taj and I headed down the mountain and to Sacramento we went.  As we headed down I-80 West, the point where you can see the skyline of Sacramento, shortly after New Castle and before Rocklin, I see this huge cloud of smoke coming out the right side of the skyline.  Immediately having flashbacks of the previous August and having lived in the path of the King Fire, I became nervous.  I told Tajlyn not to mention anything about the smoke, which was most likely a fire, to mother if and when she called us (and she called us whilst we were right outside of Sacramento – the smoke was ridiculous and there was only one helicopter fighting the wild fire from the sky).  I could tell it wasn’t anything the firefighters couldn’t handle because everything was as if there was not a fire going on, so I kept my cool.  The temperature was getting close to 110 degrees fahrenheit, but inside the Gig Dragon was nice and cool.

We found the venue –New Helvetia Brewery – on the outskirts of MidTown, right on the corner of Broadway and 18th.  I couldn’t see or smell any smoke, nor did I hear any sirens.  It was time to put that fire in the back of my mind and focus on some good times.  This was a happening place.  Fair amount of people and dog lovers.  Tajlyn was just about half way set up when I noticed she did not look very good.  I thought she might pass out – the heat was getting to her.  It was close to 110 out.  She slowed it down a bit and re-grouped herself, re-hydrating.  With the help of some time passing, the sun going down and a large fan being turned on, Tajlyn looked like she was good to play.

I had forgotten the camera, but managed to grab a little bit of footage on the Cool Pad (generic version of an iPad).  Tajlyn played a great set.  A new friend we made that night even got me to play the doumbek along with Tajlyn – I guess I did an all right job.  We made more than a few new friends that night – from all over the world.  Two entertaining brothers from Mexico, a nice woman with an English accent, two cool guys from Nepal, a cool guy from Canada who had two really cool dogs and several other people whose country of origin I did not catch, but they were all very nice and fun to be around. Pretty awesome 🙂

Definitely want to go back to New Helvetia Brewery for another gig and night of great company and music.  Not to mention their beer is super awesome AND they have Kombucha on tap 🙂

Here is the link to the fire that was going on during this gig: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article32692665.html

Here are some photos & video footage from that night too!  Taken by multiple people…..


Thanks for reading!  Til Next Time – Casandra

Just as important

Does importance matter? Hell yes it does. With out importance there would be a big emptiness in life, the world, everything. Unimportant would be very lonely.

So why is it common to fill our lives with a considerable amount of unimportant things, and less important tasks? It’s so common, I did it at least once today, double last week. What gives?! Hello therapy.

We get caught up. In the schite of the bull, we get really caught up. It’s almost becoming a “natural” human behavior. Forgetting what makes us happy, how to stay healthy, and not just physically. A healthy mentality is just as important and your physique. Not to mention spiritual health as well. Still working on that one myself, slowly bulking up!

I say, leave the bull’s bowels alone and have a nice colon cleanse. Every day, every moment, focus on what’s important to you. Ex out what is not and be happy.